A trip to the Aran Islands is one of the most popular ways for tourists to explore Irish culture and heritage. The Irish language is used on a daily basis in very few areas of Ireland, but you can immerse yourself in it when you travel to the Aran Islands. You’ll be surrounded by impressive geology, history and traditional culture, and you’ll step back in time to narrow roads, beautiful beaches and a warm Irish welcome.

Here in Lisdoonvarna, we are close to Doolin, where ferries depart regularly for the Aran Islands. When you book your stay at The Imperial Hotel, Lisdoonvarna, The Hydro Hotel, Lisdoonvarna or The King Thomond Lisdoonvarna, we will be delighted to help you to book excursions such as this to ensure that you experience the very best of what County Clare has to offer.

Your Guide To The Aran Islands

You can travel to the Aran Islands by ferry, with two ferry companies operating from Doolin Pier from March-November. Find out more about the Aran Islands and book your trip with Doolin Ferry or Doolin2Aran Ferries.

You can discover the Islands by joining a guided walking tour, or you can make the most of the historical experience by exploring in a pony and trap. Bicycles are also available for hire, enabling you to roam the islands at your own pace. These Islands will give you an authentic taste of Ireland, and you’ll discover several excellent pubs, cafes and restaurants where you’ll enjoy the traditional hospitality of the Irish!


The Aran Islands is comprised of:

  1. Inis Oirr (Inisheer). Inis Oirr, or East Island, is the smallest Island of the three, at just 3km long by 3 km wide. This island sports small hills and beautiful valleys, and is great to explore on foot or by bicycle. Don’t miss a visit to the lighthouse and the famous Plassy Shipwreck.
  2. Inis Meain (Inishman). Inis Meain, known as Middle Island, is home to less than two hundred people and offers an opportunity to step back in time and discover the cultural traditions that Ireland is famous for.
  3. Inis More (Inishmore). The Big Island, Inis Mor, is the largest of the three islands and has a wealth of historical monuments important in the mythological heritage of the Christian, pre Christian and Celtic traditions, including the prehistoric clifftop fort, Dun Aonghasa.

Explore County Clare From Your Lisdoonvarna Hotel

Famous Irish spa town, Lisdoonvarna, is a great place to stay when you’re visiting beautiful County Clare. It’s ideally located close to the Burren National Park and the Cliffs of Moher, and our three luxurious hotels offer the perfect base while you explore. Enjoy superb Irish cuisine and a friendly welcome from our professional staff when you book your stay at The Imperial Hotel, Lisdoonvarna, The Hydro Hotel, Lisdoonvarna or The King Thomond Lisdoonvarna today.

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